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Ian Poulter has hit out at “idiots” who verbally abused him throughout the third round of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

The Englishman carded a three-over 75 to fall out of contention for the title and into a tie for 24th with 18 holes to play.

However, writing on Instagram afterwards, he took a swipe at drunken hecklers in the galleries.

“Really feel sad for my kids who had to walk around today listening to fans who were non stop verbally abusing today,” wrote the Ryder Cup hero. “Real shame in this day an age we still have a few idiots that can’t handle a couple of beers.”

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He added “oh well remember the good times” followed by multiple gold trophy emojis – presumably representing the European Ryder Cup winning teams he has been a part of.

He also included the hashtags “#havesomerepect” and “#itsjustagame” before continuing: “It wouldn’t happen at Augusta. Sad when your playing partner apologises about the fans.”

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Poulter had been playing in the penultimate group alongside Jim Furyk, the captain of the US side for last year’s Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.

He is partnered with another American, Brian Gay, for today’s final round.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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